John Sidgmore: Selling The World On Worldcom

He is point man in its Net expansion strategy

It was a hint of the wild ride to come for UUNET Technologies Inc. President John W. Sidgmore. As Reba McEntire belted out country songs onstage, WorldCom Inc. Chief Executive Bernard J. Ebbers danced in the aisles of Nashville's Opryland Hotel with the trim Sidgmore on his shoulders. The occasion? A celebration last year of WorldCom's $14 billion acquisition of MFS Communications Co. and its Internet division, UUNET. "It was a little scary," recalls Sidgmore. "Like being in a mosh pit."

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